Hedge cutting deters burglars

Published: 19 June 2014

Council staff have teamed up with volunteers to stop homes in Graveney Ward, Tooting being targeted by burglars.


This week they are working with students on the South Thames College Prince’s Trust Team Programme in Tooting  to cut back overgrown bushes and hedges in 30 front gardens in 13 streets around the Longley and Mitcham Road areas. Burglars often target homes with overgrown hedges because they provide good cover and prevent them being spotted by passers-by.

The initiative is part of a wider anti-burglary campaign that's being carried out in partnership with local safer neighbourhoods teams. Crime prevention roadshows are being held around the borough, flyers are being distributed to homes advising residents on how to keep their property safe and more Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators are being recruited.

In Longley Road a property-marking initiative has seen valuables marked with a synthetic DNA solution. Potential burglars have been warned away from the road with signs saying “Thieves beware - advanced forensic marking has been used in this area". The initiative will soon be extended to Trevelyan Road, Himley Road and Brightwell Crescent.

The council's crime prevention spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: "Wandsworth is the safest inner London borough with the lowest crime rate, and we’re working hard to keep it that way.

“We’re targeting burglary because we know the distress it causes people when their homes are entered and their goods taken. I would urge residents to get advice on how to keep their homes safe, remain vigilant and join a Neighbourhood Watch.”

This crime prevention scheme has been part funded by the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC).  

Visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk/communitysafety.